by Marilynn Griffith

December 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3279-0
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Trade Paperback

They say time heals all wounds—but sometimes, time just isn’t enough.

Years ago, Zeely Wilkins was in love with Ron Jenkins. She “let her bottom rule her mind” and she ended up pregnant. A Bishop’s daughter, Zeely knew that her pregnancy would break her father’s heart, but she couldn’t abort the baby without telling Ron. But when she went to tell Ron, she discovered that her white boyfriend seriously didn’t consider marrying her, it would destroy his future legal career plans if he were to marry a black woman. Heartbroken, Zeely aborted the baby, and has regretted it ever since.

Grace is full of secrets, complete with an assumed name. Now she’s hoping to get her life back on track. But she discovers her caseworker is a man that she knows, one who loves her. Can she trust him with her future when her present is tied up in knots and her past is so ugly?

Zeely and Ron’s paths are crossing again, and Ron realizes that he’s always loved her. But he has another pregnant girlfriend, and the past between Ron and Zeely stand like a huge brick wall between them. Is there any hope of scaling this wall? Or will their past continue to keep them apart?

Songs of Deliverance is the sequel to Rhythms of Grace, but it easily stands alone. I didn’t have the luxury of reading Rhythms of Grace, but I easily figured out what was going on in Songs of Deliverance. This story is very very real, blatantly so, almost as if it could be a television drama.

Zeely, Grace, Ron, and another male character, Brian, live lives that are entangled in lies, in past mistakes, mistakes that are so heartbreaking that years later they still shape every move and haunt every thought. The story is extremely well written, Ms. Griffith is a very talent author, but the graphicness was sometimes a bit hard for me to take. If you are reading for escape purposes, maybe you should look for a different story. But if you like books that could (and do) happen in cities across the nation, then Songs of Deliverance is for you.

Reviewed in February 2010 by Laura.

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